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Foundation teacher Maddy Flynn, left, and Year 4 teacher Jordan Fry, from St John’s, Footscray, have welcomed the new resources announced yesterday (MACS/David Caird)

Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools will work with its primary school teachers to develop high-quality, comprehensive curriculum resource materials enabling them to focus more on the core task of teaching, where their time and energy counts the most.

The move follows a survey of curriculum delivery practice across almost 300 MACS schools in 2022 finding teachers are continuously developing classroom resources, and overwhelmingly (over 80 per cent) believe more support and better access to resource materials would assist them.

The feedback from MACS teachers aligns with national and international studies showing that improving teaching through providing curriculum support materials can have a positive impact on student achievement, especially when partnered with teacher professional development programs.

In addition, this approach will promote equity and excellence across MACS schools, ensuring all students have access to evidence-based, quality-assured, sequenced learning materials that will help lift their outcomes over time.

In what is anticipated to be a three-year project across the foundation (prep) to year 6 Victorian Curriculum, MACS will work collaboratively with teachers to develop the resource materials, focusing initially on foundation to year 2 Mathematics, for rollout in 2024.

“We know our teachers work tirelessly to individually develop curriculum resources and it is clear we can support them more effectively in this work,” MACS Executive Director Edward Simons said.

“Importantly, teachers will retain the autonomy to customise the resource materials to meet the individualised needs of their students in local contexts,” Dr Simons said.


 MACS moves to better support teachers and learning with curriculum resource materials (MACS)